Dear John, On January 25th, the Sierra Club published a report titled The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges ([link removed]) . Read the introduction to the report here ([link removed]) where they state "Dozens of utilities may have pledged to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 -- but research conducted by the Sierra Club shows that all but a handful of utilities in the United States aren’t moving toward clean energy in the time frame needed to avoid the worst of the climate crisis."
"Sierra Club analysts examined plans for 79 operating companies owned by 50 parent companies" and evaluated their plans for retiring coal plants, adding gas plants, and building out renewable generation. On a grading curve I'd like to have had in High School, less than a handful managed an "A." The report is worth reading to see how We Energies and its parent WEC scored compared to the industry.
Exponential Growth: i.e. The addition of CO2 to the atmosphere by humans began growing exponentially in the late 1700s.
Example of exponential growth: If you had a very large sheet of paper and repeatedly folded it in half, how many times would you need to fold it to reach the moon? Would you guess thousands, millions, or billions? If you guessed 45 times you would be correct! Surprised?
Humans have been "folding" the added CO2 once every 35 years since before 1800 (6 1/4 folds - try it). Where would we be in another 35 years if we don't stop?
More on the Sierra Club report
* Many US utilities plan to hang on to their coal plants for a decade: Sierra Club ([link removed]) - Reuters
* National press release ([link removed]) - Sierra Club
* WI press release ([link removed]) - specifically highlights We Energies, Sierra Club
* Interactive ([link removed]) web page w/ data tool ([link removed]) (report pdf is linked on that page) - "The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges" - can search by utility and parent company (We Energies/ WEC)
* Data report PDF direct link ([link removed]) - "The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges"
350 Madison Monthly Meeting - Tomorrow
Maria Redmond ([link removed]) , Director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, will speak about the recently released report of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.
WHEN: Monday, February 1, 2021, 7:00–8:20, followed by optional time to chat together
HOW: Register in advance for the meeting HERE ([link removed]) . After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Want to listen to some fascinating science about the climate? Look no further than the first 20 - 25 minutes of the January 30 episode of Quirks & Quarks ([link removed]) - New climate war tactics. Ten-to-one that you won't turn it off until you listen to the rest of the program - lizard burrows are wildlife condos, sleep lunacy and more…
Milwaukee Public Library - Climate Action Book Club
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Our Web Site
The 350MKE ([link removed]) site has a WEC/We Energies section with links to energy saving resources (some FREE), video of past meetings ([link removed]) , and stories like the recent Harley-Davidson - We Energies solar project. Check it out from time to time.
350 Milwaukee is a convening member of the CPCSW. Here is the:
January Newsletter: Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin ([link removed])
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